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• Chris Carpenter took a streak of 22 consecutive quality starts into Tuesday's game vs. Pittsburgh -- the longest streak by any major-league pitcher since Bob Gibson had 22 straight quality starts in the midst of his fabulous 1968 season, when he finished with a 1.12 ERA. (Of course, Gibson would sniff at the very definition of a quality start -- six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs allowed. After all, he went the distance in 18 of the 22 quality starts during his streak. But that's another story for another day.)
Through six innings, Carpenter held a 4-1 lead over the Pirates and had he left the game there, his streak would have moved beyond Gibson's. But, no. Carpenter not only came out to start the seventh, but allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced, and the three runs with which he was charged in that inning not only permitted Pittsburgh to tie the score, but ended his quality-starts streak at 22.
A few innings earlier, Carpenter put an end to another streak: his fourth-inning single put an end to his run of 44 consecutive hitless at-bats, which had been the longest current streak in the majors.